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2009-05-22 08:35:00

Officials at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo say they have already taken steps to find a new companion for their lone elephant, Christy. Christy's stepmother, Affie, 39, died last week, ending a 25-year-relationship that began when Christy arrived at the zoo after living in a suburban garage, The Chicago Tribune reported Friday. Within hours of Affie's death, the zoo began looking for another elephant, says Ken Smith, vice president of animal care. Christy came to Brookfield in 1984. Records show...

2008-12-26 16:35:43

Officials at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in suburban Detroit said the world's oldest known bat in captivity celebrated his 23rd birthday Friday. Rob Mies, director of the Bloomfield Hills, Mich., institute's Organization for Bat Conservation, said the 23-year-old winged mammal, Tanner, is a rare and endangered golden bat, a species found only on a 13-square-mile island in the Indian Ocean, the Detroit Free Press reported. Mies said that instead of singing and cake for his birthday,...

2008-08-14 00:00:07

n Erie, Pa. Officials at the Erie Zoo say one of their new Amur tigers is too shy to explore a new $500,000 exhibit. Nikki, a 370-pound male tiger, has refused to come out of his den into the public exhibit since it opened two months ago. "He pokes his head out occasionally, but that's about it," said Scott Mitchell, the zoo's chief executive. Anna, a 300-pound female, regularly prowls the new space. The gate to Nikki's den is closed when Anna is there because they have yet to meet....

2008-03-20 09:00:00

CHICAGO -- Veterinarian Kathryn Gamble sat next to a table in Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo Hospital the other day polishing the big, sharp teeth of an anesthetized black leopard with bubble-gum flavored toothpaste. A dozen zoo personnel watched anxiously during this annual physical for Marta the leopard, a frail dowager at 18 years old. The jet-black cat is a favorite of keepers for her gentle, people-oriented nature, but she has not been well for years thanks to the maladies of old age....

2008-03-17 00:00:00

The next time you visit the zoo, the animals may be in better health than ever. Zoo nutritionists are changing the diets of gorillas, polar bears, monkeys, and elephants all over the country. This new trend of a nutritious diet is not much of a contrast from the recent fitness craze of people. Avoiding obesity plays a large part in the animal nutrition program. So does keeping the animals as happy as they were when they were eating their favorite treats. Zoo animals and humans are similar;...

2006-11-23 10:40:56

BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Brookfield Zoo announced this week the birth of a baby okapi - an endangered African animal that looks as if it were put together by committee. With a dark brown body and striped upper hind legs, the 1-month-old female looks a bit like a zebra, but claims closer ties to a giraffe. Her name, Sauda, means "dark beauty" in Swahili. Not yet on public display, except through a video feed from her quiet nesting area with her mother, baby Sauda will make her debut in the...

2005-12-21 08:15:54

CHICAGO -- Jenny, Shamba, Timbo, Beta and Elaine are zoo gorillas, but they have something in common with millions of women: They have undergone menopause. A study of gorillas at 17 North American zoos, led by Chicago's Brookfield Zoo, is the first to document gorilla menopause, according to researchers who were not involved in the study. The findings may help zoos improve how they care for aging female gorillas and change the way evolutionary biologists think about menopause in humans....

2004-12-08 13:21:16

BROOKFIELD, Illinois (AP) -- After Babs the gorilla died at age 30, keepers at Brookfield Zoo decided to allow surviving gorillas to mourn the most influential female in their social family. One by one Tuesday, the gorillas filed into the Tropic World building where Babs' body lay, arms outstretched. Curator Melinda Pruett Jones called it a "gorilla wake." Babs' 9-year-old daughter, Bana, was the first to approach the body, followed by Babs' mother, Alpha, 43. Bana sat down, held Babs' hand...

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Okapi, Okapia johnstoni
2012-10-01 08:48:10

The okapi (Okapia johnstoni) is a species within the Giraffidae family that can be found in Central Africa. Its native range includes the Ituri Rainforest, which can be found to the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This species is most closely related to the giraffe, despite its resemblances to the zebra. Its habitat varies slightly depending on the area of its range. It occurs in swamps in the southeast, montane forests in the east, savannahs in the north, and woodlands in...

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